Daniel Montgomery spells out how drastically the Emmy race for Best Comedy Series changed when the nominations were announced: “I think most people had ‘Veep’ winning for the fourth time,” he explains. But ‘Veep’ under-performed with just nine bids, which changed everything. “Meanwhile, ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ got 20. ‘Barry’ got 17. ‘Fleabag’ got 11 when it didn’t get any for its first season.” Now the race is up in the air. Watch Montgomery try to sort it out with his fellow Gold Derby editors Marcus James Dixon, Joyce Eng and Susan Wloszczyna above.
If Dixon had his way, “The Good Place” would win this award “hands-down,” but he admits that’s unlikely, at least this year. Instead, “I’m just going to go with ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,'” he says. “This is the show with huge below-the-line support … and the Amazon campaign for this thing was incredible.” That included a special “Maisel” Day during which select Los Angeles establishments sold their goods and services at 1950s prices. Wloszczyna is also “sticking with ‘Mrs. Maisel.’ I just think 20 nominations mean something,” and “every episode feels like a little movie.”
But Eng fires back, “I do not agree. I have ‘Fleabag’ winning … because it’s just the white-hot thing right now, and I think there’s a lot of passion for it. The season dropped at exactly the right time: mid-May, right before voting started. Everyone just consumed it.” And not only did the show get 11 total nominations, it scored bids that indicate that voters were paying close attention, including Best Comedy Supporting Actress for Olivia Colman and Sian Clifford, and Best Comedy Guest Actress for both Fiona Shaw and Kristin Scott Thomas.
The Creative Arts Emmys over the weekend of September 14-15 didn’t necessarily clarify matters. “Maisel” won six prizes, but “Fleabag” also took home a couple of crucial awards: Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Comedy) and Best Comedy Casting. For the last four years, the winner of that casting award has gone on to win Best Comedy Series (“Veep” from 2015-2017, “Maisel” in 2018). So it looks like this could still go either way.
What do you think? Watch the entire slugfest above to see where our editors stand on all the comedy races that will be handed out on September 22.
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